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Mt. Timpanogos Temple, photo by Rick Satterfield, used with permission

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Family History/30th Anniversary Trip

I am off for a once in a lifetime trip! Back the beginning of October. I will have lots to post then!

The Rest of the Story!

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post about a class that Randal Wright was teaching called "3 Word Journals." I moaned that I was going to miss it at the Provo Library but then I discovered that I could catch the class later at the Riverton FamilySearch Library. I was stoked! Well, that class was this past weekend and I loved it! Brother Wright is entertaining and serious at the same time. He tells great stories about his childhood AND the lessons that he learned. What the class boiled do to was being more aware of what you do in your life. What do you observe? What experiences are you having? Brother Wright talked about journals with a passion! When he asked the audience why they didn't journal, most of them said that they didn't have time, their lives are too boring to record, can't stand to write, blah, blah, blah! We have all used those excuses! Brother Wright introduced a new concept to us, or at least to me. So, here's the scoop! I DO have permission from Brother Wright to give you the basic concept of 3 word journaling and NO, I am not getting compensated in any way for my insights. These words are mine and mine alone.

1. Keep a small notebook with you all the time.
2. Write down everyday experiences in just 3 well-chosen words.
3. Go back and spend 15 minutes elaborating on your three words.
4. Glean the life lesson learned from your experience.
5. File under topics.
6. Keep doing this. Pretty soon you will have a whole file of life experiences from which to draw talks, lessons, and helps for your loved ones.

For some really cool examples of how this works, go to and look at the sample entries on the left side of the page. They really are insightful and they show you exactly how fun this can be! As a parting thought, below are the lessons that you will learn from The 3 Word Journal according to
1. Record a journal entry in approximately 10 seconds
2. Recall and record all the significant experiences and lessons from your life
3. File every lesson from life by topic and have them instantly available
4. Become a far more interesting conversationalist
5. Prepare effective speeches, lessons and presentations very quickly
6. Easily write a multi-volume history of your life to leave for posterity
7. Have an endless supply of material for teaching, reminiscing, books and blogs
8. Enjoy a hobby for life that you will never tire of
9. Greatly increase your knowledge and make better decisions
10. Feel increased gratitude for what you have and find more happiness in life
11. Discover your strengths and talents and how to use them to reach your potential
12. Realize the weaknesses that are holding you back and how to overcome them
13. Understand more clearly why you feel and act the way you do
14. Set 100 life goals that will provide both direction and motivation to your life
15. Discover your personal mission in life

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Major Upgrade to Ancestry's U.S. Yearbooks Collection!

U.S. Yearbooks Collection Gets Major Upgrade
From has announced a major expansion of the U.S. school yearbooks collection available online. The newest upgrade brings the totals to over 35,000 yearbooks and covers the years 1884-2009. According to that collection is about 155 million records! Wow! The U.S. Yearbook Collection includes close to seven million images from thousands of U.S. high schools, junior highs, academies, colleges and universities.

Oh Thank Heaven for '77!!!

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